F4J founder claims vendetta

THE former leader of the controversial Fathers 4 Justice group has claimed a vendetta is being waged against his family just months after disbanding the organisation.

THE former leader of the controversial Fathers 4 Justice group has claimed a vendetta is being waged against his family just months after disbanding the organisation.

After launching his new political pressure group yesterday, Matt O'Connor said he has received “whispering phone calls” which has led to him tightening up security around his young family.

Mr O'Connor, who lives in Cavendish, near Sudbury, believed the threats and other incidents are a direct result of the pressure group which he founded three and a half years ago.

“You can write one or two things off as coincidence, but there is a litany of stuff piling up here like a car crash,” he said in a statement.


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“For these people its manna from heaven. What is the best way of getting back at the biggest pain in the rear they have ever had? Punish my family and children.

“I am seriously concerned and have gone public about this now as the situation is intolerable but if anyone thinks they can intimidate me in this way, they had better think again.”

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Mr O'Connor started the pressure group in a bid to earn greater rights for fathers and the campaign soon attracted a string of headlines with its unorthodox antics.

Some of the most notable and spectacular stunts included throwing purple flour bombs at Tony Blair in the House of Commons, a five-hour rooftop demonstration on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and a man wearing a Spiderman outfit scaling the London Eye.

But the group received notoriety earlier this year when it was revealed extreme members were plotting to kidnap Prime Minister's son Leo.

The shocking incident prompted Mr O'Connor to disband F4J criticising extremist sympathisers who “undermined the position and credibility” of the group.

Speaking at the time, he said: “This is not what I wanted. I don't want to be associated with an organisation getting headlines like this.”

A book and film of the Suffolk man's life is now in production while he focuses attentions on his new political group Agents for Change, which will campaign for civil liberties, electoral reform and family law reform.

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